Grosses

'Fury' Leads the Way with $23.7M Debut; 'Gone Girl' Passes $100M Mark after $17.5M Take; 'The Book of Life' Solid in Third with $17.0MOctober 20, 2014 12:56 PM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's Fury debuted in first place this weekend with $23.70 million. The David Ayer directed war film starring Brad Pitt opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. Fury opened 8 percent ahead of the $22.00 million debut of Sony's The Monuments Men back in February and 21.5 percent ahead of the $19.50 million start of Sony's Moneyball back in September of 2011. Like both of those films were able to do, Fury will hope to hold up well going forward.

Fury opened with $8.82 million on Friday (which included a relatively large $1.2 million from Thursday night shows), increased 3 percent on Saturday to take in $9.12 million and fell 37 percent on Sunday to gross $5.76 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at a somewhat front-loaded 2.69 to 1. The audience breakdown for Fury skewed towards male moviegoers (60 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers over the age of 35 (51 percent). Fury received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

After leading the box office each of the past two weekends, Fox's Gone Girl placed in second this weekend with $17.51 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck continued to hold up well, as it was down just 34 percent from last weekend. Gone Girl surpassed the $100 million mark this weekend and has now grossed $106.78 million through 17 days of release. Before much longer, Gone Girl will zoom past the $127.51 million final domestic gross of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to become Fincher's highest grossing film to date (without adjusting for ticket price inflation).

Fellow Fox release The Book of Life followed closely behind in third with a $17.01 million debut. The modestly budgeted computer animated film opened in line with expectations and likely received an added boost from arriving a couple weeks before Halloween and Day of the Dead. The Book of Life opened nearly on par with the recent $17.28 million launch of The Boxtrolls. The Book of Life started out with $4.99 million on Friday, increased 39 percent on Saturday to take in $6.91 million and declined 26 percent on Sunday to gross $5.16 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.41 to 1. Like Fury, The Book of Life also received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

Fellow family film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day claimed fourth place with $11.46 million. The Disney release starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner fell 38 percent from last weekend. That represented a very solid hold, especially given the added competition for family audiences from The Book of Life. Alexander has grossed $36.29 million through ten days of release, which is in line with expectations and represents a healthy performance with the film's modest price tag in mind.

Relativity's The Best of Me rounded out the weekend's top with $10.00 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden opened on the low end of its modest expectations. The Best of Me opened softer than most Sparks adaptations, with the film's performance more closely representing the $13.42 million start of 2008's Nights in Rodanthe. The Best of Me opened with $4.13 million on Friday, fell 8 percent on Saturday to take in $3.79 million and fell 45 percent on Sunday to gross $2.08 million. That places the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.42 to 1. The Best of Me received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore, which strongly suggests that the film is going over better with moviegoers than it has with critics.

In their second weekend of release, Universal's Dracula Untold and Warner's The Judge claimed sixth and seventh places respectively with $9.99 million and $7.92 million. Dracula Untold was down a sharp 58 percent from last weekend's stronger than expected start, while The Judge was down a solid 40 percent from last weekend's modest debut. Respective ten-day total grosses stand at $40.83 million for Dracula Untold and at $26.82 million for The Judge.

Warner's Annabelle placed in eighth with $7.88 million. The low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring was down a respectable 50 percent and has grossed a stronger than expected $74.08 million in 17 days. Annabelle will face new direct competition next weekend when Universal unleashes Ouija in theaters on Friday.

On the platform front, the critically acclaimed Birdman was off to a terrific start with $424,397 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed film starring Michael Keaton from Fox Searchlight and New Regency generated a massive per-location average of $106,099 for the frame. Birdman will receive a major expansion next weekend.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, May. 14 - Sun, May. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$52,041,005-59%4,39010$11,854$211,200,8762Paramount
2Robin Hood$36,063,000--3,503--$10,295$36,063,0001Universal
3Letters to Juliet$13,540,486--2,968--$4,562$13,540,4861Summit
4Just Wright$8,284,989--1,831--$4,525$8,284,9891Fox Searchlight
5How to Train Your Dragon$5,003,536-25%2,620-1760$1,910$207,647,6968Paramount / DreamWorks
6A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$4,657,000-49%3,075-257$1,514$56,067,0003Warner Bros. / New Line
7Date Night$3,823,515-30%2,481-253$1,541$86,522,6226Fox
8The Back-up Plan$2,387,480-53%2,497-506$956$34,124,7824CBS Films
9Furry Vengeance$2,242,106-50%2,695-307$832$15,089,0703Summit
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$1,231,000-51%1,300-857$947$160,128,0007Warner Bros.
11Death at a Funeral (2010)$1,138,148-51%1,062-644$1,072$40,495,9645Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$995,660-54%5439$1,834$3,881,2162Focus
2Oceans$752,018-53%973-259$773$17,669,4504Disneynature
3The Last Song$544,414-54%802-501$679$61,240,3887Disney
4Kick-Ass$539,997-64%609-1150$887$46,616,2325Lionsgate
5The Losers$459,000-75%701-1749$655$22,761,0004Warner Bros.
6City Island$442,158-27%2536$1,748$3,608,5609Anchor Bay
7Alice in Wonderland (2010)$440,202-38%403-179$1,092$331,533,91511Disney
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$386,876-14%468-157$827$61,978,6949Fox
9The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$368,338-4%10399$3,576$2,092,1995Sony Pictures Classics
10Avatar$335,174-21%279-49$1,201$748,468,37322Fox
11The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$327,304-33%178-9$1,839$5,764,3319Music Box
12Hot Tub Time Machine$306,000-42%458-344$668$49,185,0008MGM
13Shutter Island$292,3678%310121$943$127,213,67013Paramount
14She's Out of My League$245,602-6%206-55$1,192$31,584,72210Paramount
15The Bounty Hunter$218,252-45%293-169$745$65,037,8169Sony / Columbia
16Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$172,303-61%281-123$613$59,681,3857Lionsgate
17Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$123,170-9%209-12$589$88,354,45014Fox
18The Ghost Writer$116,995-51%150-81$780$15,084,11413Summit
19The Tooth Fairy$82,575-30%132-28$626$59,828,42717Fox
20Our Family Wedding$62,775-20%103-16$609$20,092,23910Fox Searchlight
21The Crazies$57,042-15%111-38$514$39,103,37812Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$323,00011%480$6,729$5,743,0009Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Please Give$248,1723%4923$5,065$735,4673Sony Pictures Classics
3Exit Through the Gift Shop$215,33412%4514$4,785$1,269,7865Producers Distribution Agency
4Princess Kaiulani$186,980--33--$5,666$186,9801Roadside Attractions
5Harry Brown$135,732-6%6017$2,262$590,8893Samuel Goldwyn
6Mother and Child$60,76941%2420$2,532$119,6162Sony Pictures Classics
7La Mission$56,000-21%36-5$1,556$707,0006Screen Media
8Greenberg$45,814-45%77-37$595$4,155,3109Focus
9Under the Sea 3D$37,000-18%184$2,056$21,979,00066Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$30,79754%42$7,699$65,4662Kino International
11The Joneses$26,543-51%56-12$474$1,400,4865Roadside Attractions
12The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$26,100-30%181$1,450$88,4663IFC
13Letters to God$26,000-56%75-37$347$2,794,0006Vivendi
14Cop Out$24,000-44%53-38$453$44,867,00012Warner Bros.
15The Secret of Kells$23,87942%264$918$460,92611GKIDS
16Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$22,863-45%20-2$1,143$389,1819Zeitgeist
17The Runaways$20,232-41%49-16$413$3,528,4549Apparition
18Crazy Heart$18,882-49%50-25$378$39,436,62322Fox Searchlight
19Chloe$18,774-60%29-24$647$2,965,2898Sony Pictures Classics
20Broken Embraces$18,560-22%20-12$928$4,991,84726Sony Classics
21Casino Jack and the United States of Money$18,317-35%112$1,665$58,3562Magnolia
22Brooklyn's Finest$15,572-50%64-49$243$27,154,42611Overture
23A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$15,437-17%3322$468$2,029,66112Sony Classics
24The Good, the Bad, the Weird$14,962-3%155$997$71,0836IFC
25The Square (2010)$14,923-40%14-3$1,066$242,4526Apparition
26Vincere$9,225-52%17-10$543$551,6289IFC
27Ajami$8,67812%133$668$580,45335Kino International
28Daddy Longlegs$8,323--1--$8,323$8,3231Sundance Selects
29The Last Station$8,196-46%18-16$455$6,585,85318Sony Pictures Classics
30Best Worst Movie$8,171--1--$8,171$18,6044Area23a
31The Art of the Steal (2010)$8,010-33%17--$471$529,08312IFC Films
32OSS 117: Lost in Rio$7,984-20%41$1,996$23,46157Music Box
33Deadfall Trail$7,430--3--$2,477$7,4301Nocturnal Features
34No One Knows About Persian Cats$7,03950%6-1$1,173$54,7875IFC
35North Face (Nordwand)$6,974-42%11-13$634$697,20916Music Box Films
36Looking for Eric$6,743--2--$3,372$6,7431IFC
37Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo$6,400--1--$6,400$10,0001Argot Pictures
38Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$6,352--1--$6,352$6,3521Cinema Purgatorio
39Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$6,2454%60$1,041$23,159,682137National Geographic
40The Little Traitor$5,481-28%3-1$1,827$308,14923Westchester Films
41The Eclipse$5,229-18%71$747$110,2008Magnolia
42When You're Strange$5,032195%3-2$1,677$219,0316Abramorama
43Everyone Else$4,926212%43$1,232$48,34748Cinema Guild
44Madeo (Mother)$4,443-59%13-7$342$506,23951Magnolia
45Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$3,900-30%15-11$260$219,613,00021Fox
46The Living Wake$3,821--1--$3,821$3,8211Mangusta Productions
47Sweetgrass$3,586-20%4-2$897$148,92434Cinema Guild
48The Yellow Handkerchief$3,229-55%102$323$317,04012Samuel Goldwyn Films
49The Girl on the Train (2010)$3,026-27%50$605$195,28117Strand Releasing
50Killing Kasztner$2,85919%20$1,430$112,31330Sky Island Films
51The Good Heart$2,6914%62$449$16,3253Magnolia
52Happiness Runs$2,6870%21$1,344$6,0512Strand
53Multiple Sarcasms$2,603-84%6-9$434$25,7782New Films International
54The Oath$2,485-57%10$2,485$11,9192Zeitgeist
55The Blind Side$2,400-76%11-14$218$255,950,00026Warner Bros.
56Terribly Happy$2,200-34%3-2$733$160,38215Oscilloscope
57The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus$1,588-47%6-1$265$7,686,81821Sony Pictures Classics
58Breaking Upwards$1,492-50%1--$1,492$76,3827IFC
59In/Significant Others$1,408--1--$1,408$1,4081Fourth Ward Productions
60The White Ribbon$1,389-43%3-4$463$2,219,13920Sony Classics
61U2 3D$1,294--1--$1,294$10,322,763121National Geographic
62Bluebeard (Barbe Bleue)$671-49%2-1$336$32,36332Strand
63A Town Called Panic$548-84%2-1$274$156,43322Zeitgeist Films
6435 Shots of Rum$543--1--$543$176,38435Cinema Guild
65October Country$254-84%1412$18$21,32214International Film Circuit
66The Warlords$196-94%1-5$196$128,9787Magnet Magnolia
67In My Sleep$114--1--$114$24,9304Morning Star